66 Free May Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 April 2016
66 Free May Webinars for Library Staff

With so many options for online learning, it's great to be able to see all these webinars collected in one place. This list, provided by the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic. This month's list covers 66 webinars in 19 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers. Take some time to think through your learning priorities and pick those that can help you with focused learning and take those practical next steps to put your learning into action.

For additional... Read more

Space to Share, Listen, Learn

Liz Morris
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Published: 28 April 2016
Space to Share, Listen, Learn

One of my favorite things about going to conferences is learning from the experiences and perspectives of others. Because people go to conferences to connect, there is such a strong sense of trust and commitment to relationship building. This authenticity is the perfect antidote to the artificial expectations that we often set for ourselves to be perfectly competent and confident in all things. When people share their lived experiences, either personally or professionally, and don’t gloss over the hard stuff, I personally become emboldened to appreciate the imperfections on my own path. But first, I have to listen.

The national... Read more

Posted In: Access & Equity

Host Learning Circles for Greater Online Learning Success

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 27 April 2016
Host Learning Circles for Greater Online Learning Success

Most libraries offer programs that bring patrons together to learn, and many offer access to online learning programs, but what about bringing patrons together as a community around online learning?

That's the thinking of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) and the Chicago Public Library (CPL), who over the past year created the concept of Learning Circles and have explored the possibilities, built the tools and tested their theories at more than a dozen branches of CPL.

P2PU was founded in 2009 and works to build online courses and tools to create more collaborative and creative learning experiences. Originally focused... Read more

Social Library, Volume 57

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 26 April 2016
Social Library, Volume 57

With a new edition of the Social Library, we're excited to share an innovative branding strategy, a guest appraiser, a sing-along worthy of a Prince, book spine poetry, and an important annual fundraiser. These examples of library engagement show that efforts can be comprehensive or simple, timely or recurring, but always meaningful to their communities. If you'd like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, please let us know via social@webjunction.org, or find us on Facebook.

Stark County District Library in Ohio caught our eye with their innovative branding as The Smart Store, "where everything is... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

Gamifying and Growing a Community Health Program at Springvale Public Library

Liz Morris
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Published: 22 April 2016
Gamifying and Growing a Community Health Program at Springvale Public Library

One of my favorite things about public libraries is how visible and tangible learning is in these community spaces. Patrons from all over question, consider, explore and persevere within the information universe. Perhaps most invigorating for public library staff is when their efforts ignite inspiration for the entire community, which is what happened at the Springvale Public Library in Springvale, Maine (service population 20,836).

Several years ago, Assistant Director Dawn Brown and one of her colleagues started an in-house wellness program for the library's small staff. This program included challenges such as getting up and walking around the library... Read more

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